Erev Shabbat Message
An Ancient Hatred
The Arab-Israel Conflict in Bible Prophecy
Dr. Richard Booker
We learn from the Hebrew Bible and secular history that animosity has continued between the Sons of Isaac and the Sons of Ishmael from generation to generation. We learn also that because of their thirst for blood, God would judge the Arabs by giving them a history of violence and bloodshed which finds its religious expression in Islam.
This prophecy is found in Ezekiel which reads as follows, "Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live says the Lord God, "I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you"" (Ezek 35:5-6).
Psalm 83 clearly reveals the attitudes and purposes of the descendants of Ishmael and Esau (the Arab countries of our times) regarding their cousins, the present day descendants of Isaac and Jacob, who now make up the modern state of Israel. This alarming Scripture is a prophecy of the end times regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. "Come, and let us cut them (Israel) off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You (God):" who said, "Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God for a possession" (Psalm 83:4-5, 12)